Following are the top stories at 2100 hours:
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PM announces Chief of Defence Staff post, pushes for population control, 'one-nation one-election' New Delhi: Asserting that India now has a decisive leadership to handle the country's myriad challenges, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced the creation of the post of chief of defence staff, vowed to fulfil aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir, called for checking the "population explosion" and renewed his push for 'one nation, one election'.
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Modi expresses concern over 'population explosion', advocates measures to deal with it New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed concern over "population explosion" in the country, saying it causes innumerable challenges for the coming generations, and asserted that the central and state governments should launch measures to deal with the issue.
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On Independence Day, CMs lay out plans for job creation, making governance more responsive New Delhi: From making governance more responsive and creating job opportunities to the impact of abrogation of Article 370, a host of issues were highlighted by chief ministers on Independence Day as celebrations in the states passed off peacefully Thursday amid tight security.
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On I-Day, Guv Malik assures J&K people their identity not tampered with Srinagar: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday assured the people of Jammu and Kashmir that their identity was not at stake following abrogation of the state's special status guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution.
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India to finally have Chief Of Defence Staff, 19 years after it was first proposed New Delhi: In a landmark military reform, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced that the country will now have a chief of defence staff (CDS) to bring synergy in functioning of the Army, Navy and Air Force, a proposal which was first mooted after the Kargil conflict in 1999.
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PM mentions 'One Nation, One Mobility Card' in I-Day speech New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned the indigenously-developed National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) during his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of Red Fort on Thursday and said the government had developed a seamless travel system in the country.
Shah Faesal shifted to detention centre at Centaur Hotel Srinagar: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal, who is under detention, has been taken to a makeshift detention centre at the Centaur Hotel here, officials said Thursday. By Sumir Kaul
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'PM's sixth I Day speech on of the longest' New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech on Thursday was one of the longest from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
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Ladakh celebrates '1st Independence Day' after being declared UT Leh: Ladakh, which will become an Union Territory after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, celebrated Independence Day with fervour on Thursday, with local BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal saying the region has got "independence from Kashmir".
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Soumitra Chatterjee's health condition improves Kolkata: The health condition of legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who is admitted to a city hospital, has improved, sources in it said on Thursday.
Incessant rains in MP, several rivers in spate Bhopal: Several rivers are in spate in Madhya Pradesh and many low-lying areas inundated following incessant rains in various parts of the state, officials said on Thursday.
Normalcy returns to flood-hit Kerala; toll touches 104 Thiruvananthapuram: With abatement of rains, sun brought some respite to flood-hit Kerala on Thursday as water receded in many low-lying areas and the state began to return to normalcy, even as toll in the second spell of the south-west monsoon rose to 104 with 36 missing.
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Veteran actor Vidya Sinha dies at 71 Mumbai: Vidya Sinha, the star of middle-of-the-road Hindi movies such as "Rajinigandha", "Chhoti Si Baat" and "Pati Patni Aur Woh", died on Thursday after prolonged illness. She was 71.
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Jaipur: All six accused in the Pehlu Khan lynching case got the benefit of doubt due to "serious shortcomings" in the police probe, the Alwar court observed while acquitting them on Wednesday.
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Seized Iran oil tanker, Indian crew released in Gibraltar London: An Iranian oil supertanker, its Indian captain and three other Indian crew members have all been released on Thursday by authorities in Gibraltar, despite a last-minute claim on the vessel by the US Department of Justice. By Aditi Khanna PTI MAZ
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